Airport Secures $488,000 In Airfield Improvement Funds

March 06, 2013
Brent S. McHenry 608-661-6442 or 608-575-6338

Airport Secures $488,000 In Airfield Improvement Funds
Precision Instrument Approach Will Increase Aircraft Operations During Inclement Weather

Madison, WI – Dane County Regional Airport has been awarded $488,000 in State of Wisconsin Airport Improvement Funds.  These funds will be used for planning and engineering resources to acquire equipment and make airfield improvements for upgrading the current instrument landing system. 

The instrument landing system upgrade is a $9.6 million multi-year project which will improve the ability of aircraft to land during all types of inclement weather. The airport will contribute $122,000 for this phase of the project and ultimately up to $2.0 million in complete project costs.

“Our weather changes quickly, and investing in this state of the art technology means safer landings and takeoffs for pilots and their passengers from our airport,” County Executive Joe Parisi said. 

The new Category II instrument landing system provides both vertical and horizontal information to on-board computer systems to align an aircraft with the centerline of a runway under extreme weather conditions that which would normally prohibit a pilot from landing.

“We constantly seek to keep our airport top notch for the more than 5,500 travelers who use it each day and for the many businesses who rely on air service to and from our communities,” said Airport Director Bradley Livingston, AAE.  Improved instrument landing equipment provides more reliable operations during inclement weather.

Now with thirteen destinations, The Dane County Regional Airport provides seamless, low-stress, and affordable options for both leisure and business travelers offering ninety-four daily arrivals and departures, with one stop to anywhere in the world!

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